The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
Packed with her usual gorgeous images, with stories accompanying every recipe. I stopped flagging pages where I wanted to try a dish, because there were too many. Come back on the 24th because I have way more to say about this book.
The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat by Michael Ruhlman
Yes, it’s a book about fat, but there is some history in it, and beautiful photography, and descriptions of dishes that sound so delicious that I am quite tempted to try and render my own schmaltz to try some of the recipes. If you like Ruhlman (and if you don’t, please don’t tell me), don’t be put off by the topic: it’s fascinating.
The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier
Fun to read, but I was surprised not to be that tempted by any of the specific recipes – all of them had some element or another that prevented me from wanting to try them. Lovely photographs still made it one I enjoyed before sending it back to the library.
Keepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion
Filled with helpful tips and ideas about getting weeknight dinners on the table – I’ve flagged several I want to try. It reminded me quite a bit of Dinner: A Love Story in its format, without quite as much personal information as DALS included.
The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day by Wini Moranville
While I love the idea of many of these recipes, and the extra tidbits of information are fun and interesting, I really wish it had more (well, any) pictures – I’m so spoiled by beautifully illustrated cookbooks.
What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and Pieces by Katie Quinn Davies
The best part of this was the peek at what an Irish woman living in Australia eats for her meals. Some of her breakfast dishes were definitely not ones I’ve ever had, although if you’re more well-traveled than me (and that’s not hard to be) they’re probably quite familiar. The format of the book seems to focus on appearance rather than function, and though the photos are pretty, the text is often very hard to read.
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